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McCoy descendant reflects on Hatfield feud

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The Hatfield and McCoy feud is a fixture in American folklore. A Lubbock woman says she has a direct connection to the battle. Vida Slater says her great-grandmother was a McCoy.

"I heard how bad the Hatfield's were, there's still a little rivalry there," Slater says.

The two families engaged in a fierce rivalry throughout the late 1800s along the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. Slater grew up in Kentucky and remembers listening to stories of the feud as a child. 

"My mother was really good at telling about the history of our people," Slater says.

Theft, arson and murders were amongst the acts committed by the rival clans, and the governors of their states even intervened. Now, the History Channel has created a miniseries about the dispute.

Slater is thankful for a family that valued their lineage, especially now that the miniseries has aired. She says many of the events she see's on TV, are how she heard they happened from her family.

"I think the majority of the McCoy's or those related would be delighted to see it... Not many families have a move made about them," Slater says. 

 The History Channel will be re- airing the three-part series in it's entirety this weekend.

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